Former Adams County Extension agent wins Witwer award at Stock Show
DENVER – Tom Fey has been named 2010 Stow Witwer award winner at the National Western’s Catch-a-Calf show. Fey recently retired after 17 years as an Adams County Extension agent.
The award is given in honor of the late Stow Witwer of Greeley, a long-time supporter of the National Western Stock Show Junior Livestock shows. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding support of and efforts toward promoting youth and livestock projects. There have been 18 recipients over the years.
Witwer, of the historic SLW Ranch east of Greeley, was among those who started the catch-a-calf program where 4-H and FFA members catch a calf during a rodeo performance at the stock show, then are given feeder calves by sponsors of the program. They then have to feed those animals to market weight and bring them back the following year where they are judged on sponsor relationship, record keeping, weight-of-gain of their animals, and showmanship.
Fey has been instrumental in growing the National Western’s school tours program, which hosts students in agricultural educational activities on-grounds throughout the show’s 16 days. He is also pivotal in the catch-a-calf contest, which is well known for teaching responsibility during the year-long preparation leading into the National Western show.
Along with being wool superintendent at the stock show, Fey is one of 562 members in the volunteer program that coordinates 18,000 school children each year at the National Western.
“I just try to do what’s in the best interest of the kids, whether it’s in school or the Catch-a-Calf contest,” Fey said in a release from the National Western.
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